Simpson, Mary

Mary is a UX designer based in Seattle, WA. After graduating from LSU in 2011 with a BFA in graphic design and a BA in political science, she’s been fortunate enough to travel to 23 countries on multiple continents and to hike hundreds of miles in beautiful Washington state.

Mary has worked as a front-end developer for CDK Global, a visual experience designer at, and is currently a user-experience designer at REI. She is passionate about accessibility design in the digital space, stewardship and activism related to increasing access to the outdoors, and using data to inform design solutions.

She has had the opportunity to work for clients such as the University of Washington, Yale University, Disney, Lucasfilm, T-Mobile, LEGO, Hasbro, La Roche-Posay, Lorac, Givenchy, Cadillac, Lexus, GMC, Buick, and Chevrolet.

She credits painting & drawing professors Ed Smith, Michael Crespo, and political theory professor Dustin Howes with having had a profound impact on her worldview from her time at LSU.

Sixkiller, Gerald

Marty is the IS Director of the San Antonio Development Center at H-E-B, the largest private grocery chain in the state of Texas. He leads an accelerated development team that coaches employees to focus on building a career in software engineering at the company not just a job. His team works on many of the 400+ applications that run every aspect of the grocery retail chain’s operations.

Prior to joining H-E-B, he spent 2.5 years as a Senior UX Manager at Rackspace, a cloud hosting company based in San Antonio, TX, leaving a software development team for customer-facing, self-service documentation. Before moving to Texas, Marty spent 17.5 years at DreamWorks Animation, where he held several different roles and earned over 20 animated feature film credits including the Academy Award® winning “Shrek”, “Madagascar”, “Kung Fu Panda”, “Over the Hedge”, “Megamind”, “Turbo”, “Bee Movie”, “Antz”, “SharkTale”, “How to Train You Dragon” and many more.

Byrd, John Michael

John Michael Byrd is primarily a painter, but has also works in drawing, video, objects, performance and printmaking. He holds an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is also an alumnus of Louisiana State University with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. John Michael has had eight solo shows in Massachusetts, Oregon and Louisiana. His work has been highlighted in over fifty regional and national exhibitions. He has also been written about in The Oxford American Magazine, Kolaj Magazine, The Tulane Review, DIALOGIST, Fresh Paint Magazine, Together Underground, 21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves, Art Business News, 225 Magazine, The J.O.S.H., and The Ivory Tower Magazine. He has been awarded several grants and scholarships including the J. Kenneth Edmiston Memorial Scholarship and the Carl M. Thorp Memorial Art Scholarship. John Michael currently works at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and is currently completing a book of prose inspired by his collages.

Saluti, Andrew

Andrew J. Saluti is an Assistant Professor of Museum Studies in the School of Design, College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Before joining the faculty of the School of Design, Saluti was the Chief Curator of Exhibitions, Programs and Education for the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries, the Assistant Director of the SUArt Galleries at Syracuse University, and an instructor and gallery technician at Louisiana State University’s College of Art and Design.

Saluti earned his Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Syracuse University in 2009, and his Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University in 2002.